bull·​ish | \ ˈbu̇-lish also ˈbə- How to pronounce bullish (audio) \

Definition of bullish

1 : suggestive of a bull (as in brawniness)
2a : marked by, tending to cause, or hopeful of rising prices (as in a stock market) a bullish market bullish policies bullish investors
b : optimistic about something's or someone's prospects bullish on the company's future

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Other Words from bullish

bullishly adverb
bullishness noun

Examples of bullish in a Sentence

Members of her party are bullish about her reelection. They are bullish about the future of the product.

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Payton has been so bullish on Hill’s potential as the athletic hybrid who has had roles as a receiver and returner. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roethlisberger, Brees injuries shake up NFL playoff races, force hard look at the future," 16 Sep. 2019 The Belgian was bullish against Lecce, showing the kind of form that coaxed £75m out of Manchester United's pocket in 2017. SI.com, "Cagliari vs Inter Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 29 Aug. 2019 The petroleum inventories news is bullish for crude prices, but the government data released Wednesday also shows U.S. production is back on the rise, continuing to stoke fears of a global glut of oil amid weakening demand. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oil inventories plunge although U.S. crude output hits new record," 28 Aug. 2019 Apple shares rose for a fourth straight session on Thursday, with the iPhone maker hitting its highest level since October as investors continued to feel bullish about the company’s recent product event. Ryan Vlastelica, Fortune, "Apple’s $1.02 Trillion Valuation—a 17% Gain From August’s Low—Closes in on Microsoft’s Lead," 12 Sep. 2019 But charging more for them doesn’t indicate Snap is bullish about finding a ready market. Los Angeles Times, "Spectacles were a flop. So Snap is going to charge more this time around," 13 Aug. 2019 Google has been bullish on podcasts for quite some time. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Google bringing podcasts into search," 8 Aug. 2019 Yet Newman remains bullish about UMass Boston’s future. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "As search for UMass Boston head begins, interim leader makes her mark," 4 July 2019 In the meantime, here is a sampling of films and documentaries that feature indie music: Eleven Seven remains bullish on film projects. Chris Payne, Billboard, "How Indies Are Boosting Their Music Through Docs & Biopics," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of bullish

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bullish was in 1566

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English Language Learners Definition of bullish

: hopeful or confident that something or someone will be successful : optimistic about the future of something or someone
: expecting the price of stocks to go up : characterized by rising stock prices

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